You would think that countries with such Royal histories would apply more Royal titles to bed sizes than a country that has never had a Royal Family – but that is not the case. European mattress sizes are single, double, king and super king. Super king? US sizes are twin, double, queen and king. See, we have the matched Royal set – Queen and King – they have two kings!
There are differences in bed sizes between the US/Canada and the United Kingdom and Europe. Yes, that is correct. Not only do they drive on the opposite side in the UK from the rest of Europe, but they also have different sized mattresses.
- We call it a Twin, but it is a Single in the UK and Europe. Ours is 3 inches wider, the European is 3 inches longer. I like the name Single instead of Twin because it goes so well with the next size, Double, although a Double is not twice the width of a Single.
- We call it a Double and that is also what they call it in the UK and Europe! And they are almost the same sizes in all three places. A US Double is the same size in the UK, but is 1 inch wider and 3 inches longer in Europe.
- Now we get to the tricky bit. We call it a Queen, but in the UK and Europe it is called a King. They don’t have a Queen size. And their King is almost the same size as our Queen (2 inches shorter in the UK, 3 inches wider and 2 inches shorter in Europe).
- We call it a King or an Eastern King (plus we have that whole California King thing), but in the UK they call it a Super King and in Europe they do not have an equivalent. Our King is 4 inches wider and 2 inches longer than the UK Super King.
Who cares, you say? When you walk into your vacation rental hoping to spread out on a huge, luxurious King bed, only to find out that in Europe a King is a Queen, then you care! Remember, many vacation rentals in Europe are in lovely, renovated, historic buildings and a large bed just won’t fit into that bedroom – as in the photo above showing our bedroom in a charming cottage in the Cotswolds.
|Twin – 39 x 75 in||Single – 36 x 75 in
(90 x 190 cm)
|Single – 36 x 78 in
(90 x 200 cm)
|Double/Full – 54 x 75 in||Double – 54 x 75 in
(135 x 190 cm)
|Double – 55 x 78 in
(140 x 200 cm)
|Queen – 60 x 80 in||King – 60 x 78 in
(150 x 200 cm)
|King – 63 x 78 in
(160 x 200 cm)
|Eastern King – 76 x 80 in||Super King – 72 x 78 in
(180 x 200 cm)